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  • Name: Katie Lunnon (Club captain)
  • Position: Second Row
  • Birthplace: High Wycombe
  • Height: 5’7”

I first started playing women’s rugby about seven years ago. At the time I had just moved to a new area and was eager to meet some friendly faces! A quick google search using took me to the website of a local ladies rugby team. Although always having been an avid supporter of Rugby Union, I had never considered actually playing it myself! Browsing the website, it certainly looked like a good social team to join, but at the back of my mind I also felt a bit nervous about turning up to play a sport I had never tried before and whether I would get hurt! In the end I needn’t have worried, the girls and coaches at the club were friendly, welcoming and taught me how to throw (and catch) a ball! Rugby grew to be a big part of my life, with weekends spent at the club playing for the ladies team on a Sunday and watching the men’s team on a Saturday, and through the club I made some fantastic friends for life.

Two years I  moved to the Topsham area with work. At the time I looked around for local ladies teams that I could join, but did not join as they were a good drive away. After having lived in Kent, where many clubs have a ladies division, I was very surprised, and disappointed, that there was no such club within the Exeter area that could be easily reached by public transport! As you can imagine, I am incredibly excited about the establishment of Exonian Ladies at Topsham RFC. We are currently a friendly development team, with a great social side! We are welcoming all new players along, whether you have played before or have never even considered it, if you want to get fit and make new friends then come along to one of our training sessions (7pm Tues and Thurs at Topsham RFC). There is a position on the pich for everyone, regardless of age, shape, size or fitness level!

Club Captain: 2014-Present

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  • Name: Anne Marie McIntyre
  • Position: Flanker/Second Row/Number 8
  • Birthplace: Aberdeen
  • Height: 5'10"

My name is Anne-Marie and I am 28. I recently joined the Marine Camp in the area where I am a Pettty Officer Writer in the Royal Navy. I started playing rugby as I was new to area, I wanted a social life outside of the Military and a reason to leave Base. I now play rugby as I have never felt the drive nor want to succeed in a sport as much as I do with rugby. The game is not just about you it is about the 15 other people including you on the pitch it is how you work as a team and the support you give each other. I have found we are not just a team but almost a family and I have never been welcomed into a team and felt so at ease as I have within rugby

Vice Captain: 2015-16
1st XV Captain: 2015-16

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  • Name: Sian Brooks
  • Position: Fly Half/ Inside Centre/ Full Back
  • Birthplace: London
  • Height: 1.69m

I have professional ADHD and therefore have 4 jobs from which I can be paid but most of the time I’m a PT and/or a gardener… started playing rugby long ago when shirts were cotton and shorts had buttons…took it up because I got fed up of playing in goal in football and hockey…without it I’d be fat, bored and have no friends BUT I’d be able to move on a Monday!!

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  • Name: Chloe Trapp
  • Position: Prop
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5ft10

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  • Name: Kasia Malec
  • Position: Prop
  • Birthplace: Poland
  • Height: 1.7m

I work as Civile Engineering Technician. I’ve started playing rugby last September. I found out about ladies team and I thought I will give it a try.

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  • Name: Rebecca Smith
  • Position: Loose Head Prop
  • Birthplace: Chatham
  • Height: 5'8"

I work as a scientific researcher at the University of Exeter. I recently moved to the area and wanted a way to meet new people and get fit. The ladies I have met since I started have been amazing and I love training and playing games with them.

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  • Name: Chloe Savin
  • Position: Wing
  • Birthplace: Torquay
  • Height: 5'10"

I’m an emergency call handler for Devon and Cornwall Police. I started playing rugby in summer 2015 as I was interested in taking up a new sport, and fancied something physical so thought rugby was the perfect sport for me! I love the team work involved in rugby, and when everyone works together you can see it in the results.

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  • Name: Edward Powell
  • Position: Back's Coach
  • Birthplace: Truro
  • Height: 5'11"

I am a recruitment consultant for the education industry. I took up rugby when I was 5 years old because it looked like fun. I like the easy going people, friends made and the odd cider after a game. I have been coaching Topsham Ladies for two seasons now as the back’s coack

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  • Name: Lauren Laing
  • Position: Wing
  • Birthplace: Dorset
  • Height: 5'11"

My name is Lauren and I am currently doing a PhD at the University of Exeter. I grew up playing a lot of netball and swimming, but I always enjoyed watching rugby. When I began my PhD I thought I would give rugby a go… and I love it! Rugby keeps me fit, and I have made some great friends!

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  • Name: Tasha Currie
  • Position: Flanker
  • Birthplace: Reading
  • Height: 5'3"

I work for a glulam manufacturing company. I started rugby in 2003 first in league then moved to union. My favourite part about rugby is the contact, and of course the social aspect. Your rugby team are like a second family. When I’m not working or playing rugby, I am performing on stage (acting, singing & dancing).

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  • Name: Sophie Harris
  • Position: Second Row
  • Birthplace: Torquay
  • Height: 5'7"

I’m a mechanical design engineer for a company in the oil and gas industry. I starting playing rugby while studying at Brunel university.

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  • Name: Jenni Pinnuck (Stephens)
  • Position: Second Row
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5'9"

I am a Police Officer in Exeter and East Devon. I started playing rugby 2 years ago when Topsham Ladies formed. I’ve always loved rugby and I wanted to try and new challenge with learning a new sport. I love the spirit within our team, we are a close rugby family. It’s also great for fitness and strength training. I enjoy nothing more than a cold pint after a hard fought game!!

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  • Name: Megan Coombes
  • Position: Tight Head Prop
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 6'

I’m a fashion and textile’s student, started rugby at the age of 9 because of family influence and I have a twin brother who also wanted to join! I love the social life and The physicality of the game!

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  • Name: Ann Webb
  • Position: Centre or back 3
  • Birthplace: Malmesbury, Wiltshire
  • Height: 5'7"

I’m a student about to start a masters in sport and health sciences at Exeter uni. I took up rugby just before starting my degree, so I’ve been playing for 4 years now. I always wanted to start playing, but only could when I got myself a car! Rugby is great and I love the contact and how amazing the people are that play.

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  • Name: Kayleigh Armstrong
  • Position: Eight/Second Row
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5'10"

I am currently studying Sports at Exeter and have played rugby my whole life. I have grwon up around rugby and have always enjoyed playing the game as well as the friends I have made from rugby, I have been waiting for a local ladies team to form because I missed playing rugby, so when the Exonians formed I was very happy!

Vice Captain: 2014-15
1st XV Captain: 2014-15

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  • Name: Martin Roberts
  • Position: Forward's Coach
  • Birthplace: Devon
  • Height: 6'2"

Forwards coach

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  • Name: Isobel England
  • Position: Prop
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5’5”

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  • Name: Amy Clarke
  • Position: Second Row

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  • Name: Dawn Latham Mahoney
  • Position: Wing
  • Birthplace: Slough
  • Height: 5'8"

I am in publishing for the scientific world.
I went to join the cheerleadering squad in Uni at freshers week but got a rather frosty reception. Little did they know they were talking to a cheerleadering champ! So I decided to make a sporting career change right there and then and went to the friendly team at the next stand where the rugby girls were there with open arms and I have never looked back.
I love playing because everyone can have their own skill which collectively makes a unique, tightly bonded team. I love everything about the sport and have been playing for roughly 7 years now.

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  • Name: Amparo Medina Faus
  • Position: Centre/ Wing
  • Birthplace: Spain
  • Height: 5'4"

I am a Spanish girl from Valenci in Spain. I used to play rugby in Spain. I am living in Exeter to learn English. When I arrived I knew how to play rugby and I thought that joining Topsham Exonians it was a good chance to learn English and play at the same time!

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  • Name: Henrietta Farr
  • Position: Wing/ Centre

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  • Name: Emma Steer
  • Position: Wing/ Centre
  • Birthplace: Okehampton
  • Height: 5'3"

Before I went to university I had never even watched rugby but after being persuaded to go down to training by a friend I quickly became addicted to the sport. Now that I’ve moved back to Exeter I was keen to keep rugby a part of my life and Topsham jumped out at me as its the easiest club to get to in the city as the others are a bit of a drive away. After only one training session and one game for the team im really happy I joined and can’t wait to get more involved.

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  • Name: April Windle
  • Position: Second Row/ Centre

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  • Name: Freyja Wilkinson
  • Position: Prop
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5'2"

I took up rugby when I worked in bath following a close bereavement in my family and I needed a release something to take my anger out.

Rugby is a physical game and I like the training but have lost confidence in the actual playing but maybe I will get it back.

I work for the ambulance service and have recently gone part time and doing another part time job as a support worker

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  • Name: Sophie Jones
  • Position: Hooker
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5'3"

I love playing rugby because it keeps me fit, laughing and I’ve made great friends. I’m a competitive person so rugby is perfect for me!

Vice Captain: 2016-17
1st XV Captain: 2016-17

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  • Name: Lauren Hitchman
  • Position: Second Row
  • Birthplace: Newport
  • Height: 5"6

I started playing for Topsham in January 2015, having never played rugby (or any sport) before. I wanted to get fitter and had played tag rugby once or twice in school and remember it being the only sport I enjoyed.

Having decided on playing, I looked around for a local team on google and found the Exonians, I felt very encouraged by the website and the captain Katie to come and give it a go, despite not having any previous experience!

I love being part of the team and have found my time with them very rewarding. Rugby is still very much a learning curve but my team mates are so encouraging and it is a great thing to be a part of.

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  • Name: Suzanne Pollard
  • Position: Scrum Half

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  • Name: Rebecca Partridge
  • Position: Fly Half/ Centre

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  • Name: India Chambers
  • Position: Winger
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5'3"

I’m currently training to be a teacher and rugby is my outlet…. I have always been well into my sports and travelled around London performing in dance competitions…. rugby I know is totally different from that but yoh got to do what you love! I play rugby about 5 to 6 times a week … its a very good outlet! I joined the club as I got to old for my old team (Saracens) and took a year out from injury… wanted to get back in the rugby lifestyle as soon ass I could but didn’t want to travel too far … “This is ideal!”so I joined …. “Even if you fall on your face you are still moving forward!” all rugby players know that.

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  • Name: Natalie Pellow
  • Position: Centre

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  • Name: Kate Fry
  • Position: Full Back/ Wing
  • Birthplace: Kent
  • Height: 5’6”

I moved to Exeter 2 years ago when I got a new job in the area. The company entered a corporate TAG rugby competition which I thoroughly enjoyed (even though I somehow managed to break my hand). Ever since then I have been trying to play and eventually got round to joining this contact ladies club in Topsham! Much better than TAG!

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  • Name: Emma Wakeley
  • Position: Hooker/ Flanker
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5’7”

I have been around rugby my whole life, it’s a really family thing. I used to spend every Saturday afternoon watching my dad and uncles playing. When I was 8 I thought it was my turn so started playing for Exeter Saracens juniors then Saracens girls and now Topsham ladies. The girls are great, couldn’t wish for a better team!

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  • Name: Naomi Gruitt
  • Position: 12
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5’5”

For the last 10 years I have worked for general practice working as a Practice Systems Manager which I enjoy very much. My work colleagues cringe during rugby season as I normally turn up on a Monday morning with a new injury of sorts!
I actually started playing TAG rugby about 10 years ago and a couple of years later, found a new love of rugby union! Absolutely love the game and everything that goes with it, injuries and all! Being part of a team is like having another family.

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  • Name: Jenni Magill
  • Position: Wing
  • Birthplace: Belfast
  • Height: 5'5"

I’m a pharmacist working in Taunton and I decided to five rugby a try as I’ve always wanted to play, but just never got the chance back in Ireland. I really enjoyed my training sessions with the Exonian Ladies, and so decided to stay and play!

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  • Name: Corinne Walsh
  • Position: Flanker/ Prop
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5'5"

Hello, I’m Corinne! My first teacher got me into rugby and I’ve been playing on and off for about 4 years now, The reason I joined Exonians was I was too old for my old club [Saracens] and this was the nearest club to me. All the ladies here are really friendly and a welcoming bunch, which is great!

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  • Name: Alice Mulkerrins Thompson
  • Position: Hooker
  • Birthplace: Kent
  • Height: 5'2"

I’m Alice I’m studying geography at Portsmouth University where I also play rugby for the uni team. Rugby has always been a great ice breaker with other people who love the game, whether I was playing for Exmouth, Devon, Portsmouth or Topsham. Playing on the women’s team means making friends and bonding over silly things and during games when you’re tired and feeling the pressure.

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  • Name: Sophie Kukor
  • Position: Back Row
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5’9”

I graduated from Harper Adams University this year and I have taken up a full time position working for The Exeter Brewery as part of the sales and marketing team. I started playing rugby while at school and continued this while at uni, due to the atmosphere and social aspect of the sport. Having recently moved back to Devon I was looking for a local team to play with; Exonian ladies offered the game and social side I was look for.

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  • Name: Katie Tanner
  • Position: Wing/ Flanker
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5’9”

My name is Katie and I am 20 years of age. I work in a nursery and love it . I love playing rugby as it is so much fun and everyone is so friendly. I have been brought up around rugby, so it is in my blood to play.

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  • Name: Lily Partridge
  • Position: Hooker
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5’2”

I am a zoo keeper at Shaldon Wildlife Trust and I specialise in primates. I have always loved rugby, playing and coaching tag when I was younger, but had never had an opportunity to play until Exonian Ladies was formed!

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  • Name: Tasmyn Burns
  • Position: Centre
  • Birthplace: Exmouth
  • Height: 5’0”

I’m doing a degree in sports development and coaching in Plymouth. I play rugby to keep fit and socialise.

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  • Name: Kaysie Martyr
  • Position: Wing/Scrum Half
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 4’8”

I have played many sports for as long as I can remember with Rugby and Football being the two that I pursued the longest, I have been part of teams from the age of 7 until now. I work full time as a bar manager with the back-up of an NVQ in hairdressing.

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  • Name: Steph Papp
  • Position: Fly Half/ Full Back
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5'10"

I’m in the British army and I’ve played rugby since I was 7 for Exeter Saracens, working my way up though all the age groups. I have played at both county & regional level.

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  • Name: Sophie Reed
  • Position: Full Back
  • Birthplace: Exeter
  • Height: 5’3.5”

I am a 20 year old mummy of one and I play rugby because I love it.

Not only is it my outlet, but it keeps me sane! I was brought up in Exeter in a rugby family from the age of 11. I first found the game, playing it in the streets with my friends.

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  • Name: Rachel Popham-Dowle
  • Position: Scrum Half
  • Birthplace: Hexham
  • Height: 5' 2"

I am a PE teacher and first got into rugby because of Jonny Wilkinson! Have played through uni and for some different clubs, I joined Exonians because with chiefs in the premiership Exeter needs a women’s rugby team.

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  • Name: Maria Hale
  • Position: Flanker
  • Birthplace: Poole
  • Height: 5' 6"

I’m a Geography teacher. I play rugby because it’s fun! Plus it’s a great work out and you meet some amazing people. There’s nothing quite like rugby. It feels good to play and it has a world of its own full of ruggers!

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  • Name: Kayleigh Hourd
  • Position: Prop
  • Birthplace: Mansfield
  • Height: 5’5”

Hi, Im Kayleigh and I play Prop.

I moved down south from my home town of Mansfield 8 years ago, and I didn’t really have much interest in sport, avoiding it like the plague! I went to college and got a Diploma in childcare (enough exercise for me!) and carried on life without a care about sport! That was until 3 months ago when my best friend (Sophie Reed) made me come along to a training session. Let’s just say I was not overly keen but man I am glad she made me as I loved it!

It’s such an exciting sport! A bonus is the anger management side of it (haha)…..feeling frustrated? Tackle a bag or save it for a game and tackle the opponent!

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  • Name: Holly Feller
  • Position: Prop
  • Birthplace: Münster, Germany
  • Height: 5' 6"

Currently working for a company that makes clothes and accessories for the clergy as well as graduation attire, in the embroidery department.
In addition, I also work for a company called Little Ruckers, which is a chance for 2-6 year olds take part in rugby based fun and games before joining a club.
I started playing rugby in 2010, for Newton Abbot shortly after I moved to Devon. I wasn’t sure if I’d be keen as I hadn’t down sport since school and I was rather girly. Absolutely loved it from the word go…it was not only a great chance to make some friends in the area but it’s a great sport, with great ethics and a fantastic “family/community” feel to it. I took a break during the 2012/13 season to have a baby and within 4 months of him being born, was back in the pitch.
Due to logistical reasons, I made the move to Topsham Exonians once I found out they were starting a team and was one of the founding members. A move that I have yet to regret as the set up at Topsham is just so welcoming and fantastic.